Emily Randall

Fantasy and Science Fiction

Fiction

In Victorian-era Londinium, being a part-blood Fae requires walking a dangerous tightrope. For Rowan O’Carroll, the danger doubles when they find an artifact that appears to turn their roommate into a statue, leaving them little time to find a cure before the matrons at the boarding school discover the issue. If they’re outed as Faeblooded, it could be the difference between success and a life on the streets.

Join Rowan, along with the protagonists of a number of other wonderful stories, in the anthology Temporally Deactivated by Zombies Need Brains. You can order the ebook version or the paperback version now!

When you’re trapped on a prison moon with no way to escape and a host of unruly prisoners to watch over, what do you do? Warden’s Dilemma, published in the third edition of Future SF, answers that question, at least for one AI. Admittedly, said AI may not be the best person, but they’d prefer to call themself misunderstood, thank you very much.

The Society of Misfit Stories Presents… is a unique periodical of long form fiction published three times a year. Each issue provides an eclectic collection of novelette and novella-length speculative and literary fiction. This issue includes the story Tempus Cessat, a novelette set in a Victorian-era version of London where the Fae and humans coexist uneasily and one young part-Fae struggles to protect their chosen family.

The first edition is available in both ebook and paperback!

Nonfiction

“Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there lived a princess,” or a king, or a woodcutter, or a miller. Such a beginning is familiar to us all, as are the stories that generally follow. Over the course of the tale, the hero will overcome hardships, deceit, and treachery; rescue the princess; and live happily ever after.

Or, at least, that’s what we expect today. But the original fairy tales in the West were rather different. Explore how fairy tales have grown and evolved in Tropes of the Western Fairy Tale, published in the 47th edition of New Myths.

Machine learning (ML) is the current special sauce of the tech world. Adobe uses it to organize your photos; Yelp uses it to give you recommendations for great restaurants; Amazon, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google run virtually everything with machine learning. Other companies, from two-person startups to tech giants, use it for everything from recognizing spam calls to detecting credit card fraud. It’s even in some of our airports, which are now using facial recognition in place of IDs.

Yet most people, even most computer scientists, don’t understand ML, and the misconceptions in popular fiction don’t help. Machine Learning For Writers aims to clear up some of those misconceptions — particularly for writers who want to write ML well, but also for those who simply want to understand the hot tech everyone is talking about.

Science fiction novels and movies are full of machines that develop consciousness and try to take over the world. Almost always, such machines are more intelligent than humans, more powerful, and easily able to accomplish their goals. Yet current attempts to create artificial intelligences (AIs) lack most of the capabilities that the AIs of science fiction have. What will it take to create a truly conscious AI? Check out Conscious Machines, appearing soon in Visions Magazine, to learn more.